Re: [S] Pie diagrams anyone?

Edwin Romanowicz (earomano@acpub.duke.edu)
Fri, 13 Nov 1998 11:21:40 -0500 (EST)


To all subscribers-

I don't see any problems with Pie diagrams. Sure, they are
subject to the same abuses that plague all statistical devices. However,
they are an effective as easily understood means to show percentage
data.

Edwin Romanowicz
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University

On Fri, 13 Nov 1998, Bill Venables wrote:

> Date: Fri, 13 Nov 1998 09:42:44 +1030
> From: Bill Venables <wvenable@attunga.stats.adelaide.edu.au>
> To: s-news@wubios.wustl.edu
> Subject: [S] Pie diagrams anyone?
>
> I received the following very curious personal email today (from
> an address somewhere in the UK, it seems).
>
> >>>>> "N" writes:
>
> N> Dear. Mr. Venables,
>
> N> I have been recently converted to being an S-Plus user,
> N> and as an avid fan of pie diagrams I was gravley concerned
> N> to find some hostility from you aimed towards them in your
> N> set of notes.
>
> N> Please can you explain this please?
>
> Of course I am half inclined to think that it must be a leg-pull,
> but I am not completely convinced.
>
> The answer is yes, I do rather look down upon pie diagrams as an
> ineffective device and something that can be easily bettered, but
> also as something so typical of the abuses of statistics that
> Disraeli so justifiably ridiculed. Nevertheless I am curious to
> know what other people think about them. Am I alone in this?
>
> Irrespective of my opinion of their value I do support their
> inclusion in S-PLUS, though. After all managers, advertising
> executives, lawyers, politicians and their kind have as much
> right to use S-PLUS as any of us... :-)
>
> Bill.
>
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